Soviet Era Intelligence Sent Bulgaria Spy to Assassinate Pope John Paul II
Soviet Military Intelligence allegedly set up a Bulgarian assassin with secret details of the Pope's itinerary and train tickets to where he was due to speak, but he was betrayed by his Catholic wife.
The woman confessed to her priest Zdzislaw Krol who alerted the police. Officers later arrested the assassin.
Father Krol confirmed: "A woman told me that she had information of a possible assassination attempt."
"A husband or life partner of this woman, of Bulgarian origin, was in the possession of plans of the Pope's route through Poland's most holy city Czestochowa as well some train tickets. I called the security officials after which the would-be assassin was arrested."
Jan Zaryn, historian at the Polish Institute of the National Remembrance - set up to investigate war crimes committed by the Nazis and Soviet Union - confirmed the assassination attempt in 1987 from their files.
In 1981, John Paul II was shot and critically wounded in St Peter's Square by Turk Mehmet Ali Agca, an expert gunman.
Mehmet Ali AДџca later admitted he had two Bulgarian accomplices in Rome at the time, including Zilo Vassilev, the Bulgarian military attachГ© in Italy.
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